No Trick: Fewer Babies Born On Halloween

LiveScience:

“Happy Halloween” and “Happy birthday” may not be sentiments heard very often in the same breath, according to a new study. The research finds that the number of babies born drops on Halloween day, but spikes on Valentine’s Day, a day with more positive associations.

Most surprisingly, the birth decrease occurred not just among moms who scheduled C-sections or induced labors; spontaneous births rose and fell along with holidays as well.

The researchers aren’t sure how this holiday-birthday difference comes about, but the findings suggest that moms have some control over¬†when they’ll go into labor, said study researcher Becca Levy of the Yale University School of Public Health.

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